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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Fouladvand arrested in Britain as a “terrorist"
British appeasement of the mullahs on Iran's election night? How craven.

Reader Azadeh reports:

Poor guy's house was raided at 3 A. M. They broke his rib, injured his forehead, kicked him in the face, and cut both of his hands. There were at least 30 armed officers and they didn't even announce that they were the police. He thought they were the regime's agents coming to finish him off! They held him for 48 hours for questioning and searched his house. They took his computers, cells phones, anything interesting. They didn't charge him and let him go. Oh yes, they also shot him with tranquilizer guns to restrain him, but for some reason it didn't work on him.

It's funny how the guy who has been received so many death threats for speaking out against Islam is accused of being a terrorist by the police and specifically an Islamic terrorist by the media. I suspect that the regime has been calling the police with some "anonymous tips" to cause trouble for this group. Why else would they arrest him on the same day that the regime is holding it's sham presidential elections? Of all the days in a year, why choose the election day to come after the leader of a dissident group? It's very symbolic.

LONDON, June 19 (IranMania) - Four men arrested by British police under anti-terrorism laws are connected to the political opposition in Iran, sources close to the police investigation said on Saturday.

The men, aged between 31 and 63, were being interrogated at a police station in London following their arrest in a series of raids by armed police in the north of the city the day before.

The Times newspaper reported that the men had been under surveillance by Britain's MI5 security agency for some months, and that the decision to arrest them -- on the day of Iran's presidential election -- came because officers feared they were armed.

There was no evidence they had committed terrori

sm offences in Britain, or who their targets might be in Iran, the paper added.

London's Metropolitan Police said only that the men were arrested in connected with terrorist activity in the Middle East.

However, a police source told AFP they were linked to the Iranian opposition.

According to a statement to AFP in Paris from a group calling itself Anjoman Padeshahi, which said it was opposed to the Tehran government, one of the men arrested was its leader, Dr Froud Fouladvand.

The arrest was "linked to the presidential elections" in Iran, the statement added.

Iran Mania, 20 June 2005.

JTW News - 4 seized under UK anti-terror laws linked to Iran
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Monday Winds of War is up!
So don't be a lamer, go read my briefing with all the hipsters! Winds of Change.NET: Monday Winds of War: Jun 20/05 topics include:
New AQ tape; Mexico SF take over Nuevo Laredo; big changes for DHS; blows to CIA's role; CIA/FBI turf war ending; Israel-US tensions; Iran nuclear doings; Hamas rejects call to disarm; more foreigners in Iraq insurgency; Operations Spear, Dagger underway; Gangbusters bill; OTMs increase to 100,000; Patriot Act hobbled; Ugandan border security; Sudanese peace deal; Ethiopia crackdown denounced; Sudan intel chief visit controversial; Al Qaeda wants to make Afghanistan another Iraq; Aus Fed Police do counterterror in Phillippines; Mullah Krekar in Norway to be deported; 3 imams deported in Holland; German snit over Rummy snub; G8 security leaks, high-level doings and agreements; renditions program running into trouble overseas; UK to deploy 5000 more to Afghanistan and much more...
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Left behind, facing death
It's not just Jews who will be evacuating Gaza; Arab residents of the village of Dahaniya, who are mistakenly seen as collaborators by their fellow Palestinians, have asked the Israeli Supreme Court to grant them refuge in Israel, fearing death if they remain behind.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Mukhtaran Bibi
This is what Mukhtar Mai looks like.


via Richard at Hyscience
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
The Lebensborn Children
In 1935, Heinrich Himmler established the Lebensborn Foundation as part of the Nazi plan to create a "master race". The SS set up maternity homes for women who could prove their "Aryan" credentials, and where girls who were racially "pure" could give birth in secret. The babies were then given to SS organisations that oversaw their adoptions to "good" German families who met the racial criteria. An additional Lebensborn policy was the kidnappings, attempts at "Germanisation" and subsequent killings of thousands of children from the occupied countries.

BBC Radio ran a documentary on this: Nazi past haunts 'Aryan' children. Sometimes I have a hard time believing all this happened just sixty years ago.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Disease X
If Americans had known about radiation sickness, would they still have used the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki? That was the first thought that went through my mind when I read the following article until I realised that even after we all learned about the effects of radiation, it didn't stop any country from accumulating as many nuclear weapons as possible.

Japan Paper Runs Censored A-Bomb Stories
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Armenian anti-Semitism
Armenia's tiny Jewish community has been feeling the results of rising anti-Semitism in the Caucasus. There's 30 Jews left in Nagorny Karabakh yet a right-wing extremist is ranting about the 50,000 "disguised" Jews in Armenia and promises to expel them. He was arrested for inciting ethnic hatred but apparently he's no exception in Armenian society. The issue of "disguised" Jews was also an obsession in Greek politics and media a few years ago. A prominent political figure was accused of having changed his name from "Rosenberg", other politicians or influential figures had been accused of having Jewish roots. I say "accused" on purpose; these statements were brought on as accusations, not even as gossip and people were accused of serving "foreign interests".

One last note on the headline of the article: 'Anti-Semitism in Armenia is a Result of Hate against Israeli-Turkish Cooperation'; I think it's misleading at best. Anti-Semitism doesn't need a reason to exist.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Filling the Koran's Silence
I read somewhere that the Koran is silent about 95 percent of the matters that people face in real life. The hadith, the historical records of Mohammed's teachings, offer some guidance but they're open to interpretation, fertile ground for religious zealots who decide to shape society in their own image by prescribing rules by fatwa.

From Cairo Magazine - When the religious gets political
In recent years, there has been a growing trend of “unofficial fatwas" being announced on state TV, satellite channels radio, newspapers and in mosques. For instance, earlier this year fatwas were issued banning yoga and ironing women’s pants—the latter because, according to the man who issued that fatwa, women are not allowed to wear pants in Islam.

Confusing the dispute is the lack of clear hierarchy between Al Azhar and Dar Al Iftaa, which is technically under Al Azhar’s jurisdiction yet supposed to be the sole source of fatwas. This has caused problem before. For instance, in January 2004, after Al Tantawi urged French Muslims to respect the ban on veils in public schools, Gomaa argued that the veil was an obligation for Muslims. Other religious scholars around the world also condemned Al Tantawi’s position.

“It has happened many times that the Sheikh of Al Azhar would issue a fatwa and then the fatwa would be opposed by Dar Al Iftaa, or vice versa, and this problem has not been solved yet," Muhammed Aboul Ela, a professor of Islamic Studies at Al Azhar University and member of Dar Al Iftaa’s committee, told Cairo.

Aboul Ela says the way people perceive fatwas has changed from the way they were perceived earlier in Islam’s history. “After the death of the Prophet Muhammed, Muslim scholars used fatwas to adapt to the changes of everyday life, because there are issues that are not mentioned in the Quran or the Sunna," he explained. “Now people go and seek fatwas even if the issues are already mentioned in the Quran and are not debatable. The sheikhs don’t see how dangerous it is to issue a wrong fatwa."
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
You know what we haven't done in a long time? Say hi to Osama. Or are you not in the mood? Do you want to talk literature instead? Or we can always put our feet up and just have coffee...

(A Greek coffee for floranista)
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ev and zorkie in Discarded Lies:
Happy Father's Day

This is probably too late to be useful, but what the hey: how to buy a father's day gift.
If today's a day to grieve your father, the same site also has how to honor your deceased father on father's day. Thanks to Lifehacker for the links.

Tell us a funny story about your father.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Happy ******** packen!
As some of you may know, today is packen's ********. It's one of those dreadful events that thankfully only come once a year, maybe twice, okay three times if you just changed jobs and want a day off. Since Michael is not around to shower his mom with gifts, love and unconditional acceptance, it's up to us comrades to make her day pleasant and take her mind off her only son running around in some strange country, with who knows what kind of girls, drinking Yemenite concoctions.

So what can we do for packen today, you ask? What do you think?

Post 'em if you got 'em
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sine in The People's Diner:
Father's Day
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throbert in Channel Ж:
Happy Father's Day! (U.S. and its territories)
An actual Hallmark card:

The Root Cellar™
wishes a

and double-entendre-filled

gay, bi, and "str8 but curious"
okay, and you 100% hetero dudes too. [SFX: 70dB snore-whistle]

I was trying to find a Father's Day card for my dad when the one above caught my eye and sent me into a spasm of naughty chuckles... whether you read anything into it will depend, I suppose, on how you feel about sweaty athletic men in baseball uniforms. (You guys know that during the last Subway Series, when I was still living in Brooklyn, I decided to root for the Mets on the sole basis that their pitcher, Al Leiter, looked really sexy.)

At any rate, I ended up buying a different card for my own father, but just had to get this one as well, to cherish and frame...
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